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The Novium

Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH, England
01243 775 888
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Ranked #19 of 26 Attractions in Chichester
Type: Museums
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit which complemented our visit to the palace at Fishbourne. We enjoyed the information provided by our volunteer guide who picked out suitable highlights before letting us wander. The baths were the big attraction but there were plenty of smaller items as well. You need to be aware that the layout is thematic or else you will... More

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I was given a very interesting talk into the history, excavation and size of the Roman baths and a great explanation of Roman life in Chichester in the baths at the time - lots of gossip - nothing has changed! I had no idea of the size and extent and the social importance of the baths lying under present day... More

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I visited the museum when I was looking after my friend's kids (7 and 9 years old) for the weekend and we had a fantastic time. We were all very impressed with the wide range of interactive activities and displays there were, not only for the children but also adults. On the third floor we just kept finding more and... More

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Shirley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a very innovative use of a small space incorporating the Roman remains in situ, as well as the view towards the cathedral. The building is light and bright, with many fascinating displays. The numerous collections in the 1st floor room are displayed in an unusual and thought-provoking format. The inclusion of a fairly comprehensive time-line with the artefacts... More

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Horsham
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Few exhibits with no thread between them. You are better of getting an ice-cream and reading your book if you have an hour to kill.

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Chichester
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We popped in as we had a free hour. Live locally and had seen the museum go up. Very disappointed - couldn't really follow the sense of it in terms of layout, themes. The entrance was the best bit with audio visual beside the Roman Baths which was excavated there. Items were hard to see/read about due to the dim... More

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Beckenham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

So many museums today have sparse displays with more emphasis on "design" than objects. This is a museum that packs the objects in so that you have a grand overview. The exhibition brings Chichester's history alive in so many different ways. And the view across the cathedral is dramatic and splendid.

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Thought it was about time I visited here today. Very interesting and good exhibits, especially the Roman baths. Think it is a bit expensive as I used to go to Inverness museum frequently when we lived in Scotland and it is free but would recommend as a place to visit.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We had a great guide to show us around and he really made the visit worth while. Interesting to find out the history of Chichester going back 2000 years. Some unusual pieces and stories were great. Will definitely be looking out for the special chimney pots.

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I visited the museum with an elderly, very well informed friend. The volunteer staff were incredibly helpful. I liked the fact that there is an accessible library within the museum and hands on features for children. Its position, near the cathedral is a good feature and overall an asset to Chichester. Well done!

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